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Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information and Deforestation

by Rose Hessmiller last modified Jan 10, 2013 08:45 AM
Smartfolder for Amazon Basin Conservation Information (deforestation)
File Semi-automated Approaches for Monitoring National Deforestation by Leif Kindberg — last modified May 26, 2015 02:44 PM
International agreements of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change seek to reduce national, forest-related, greenhouse gas emissions via activities and policies on reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation, plus the role of conservation, sustainable forest management and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+). These agreements require countries to report changes in forest cover and carbon stocks via a process called measurement, reporting and verification (MRV). The International Panel on Climate Change has communicated quality principles for national MRV: transparency, completeness, consistency, comparability and accuracy. Recent advances in satellite monitoring of forests have led to greater automation, which is expected to better enable countries to regularly report and meet these principles. This paper provides an overview of general steps taken with these methods to produce large-area estimates of deforestation, similarities and differences among methods, where automation occurs, where analyst input occurs and implications for national implementation and the quality principles.
File Integrating conservation and development experience: a review an bibliography of the ICDP literature by Shreya Mehta — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:52 AM
This literature review aims to investigate local perceptions of the success or failure of intergrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs). It reviews existing information on ICDPs to take stock of experience to date and to explore the key problems and lessons learned. The document begins a process of drawing together information on ICDP policy and practice. It also aims to steer planners, policy makers and practitioners through the existing literature.
File USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook - Chapter 2: Biodiversity Programming by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Apr 10, 2018 06:24 PM
The 2015 USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook is a foundational resource for implementation of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy. The main purpose of the handbook is to help USAID managers and implementing partners plan, design, implement, and monitor strong and sustainable conservation efforts in line with Agency experience, policy, and guidance. Chapter Two walks through the steps for biodiversity programming in line with the Policy throughout the USAID Program Cycle.
File Biodiversity and Development Handbook by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jun 06, 2018 01:51 PM
The 2015 USAID Biodiversity and Development Handbook is a foundational resource for implementation of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy. The main purpose of the handbook is to help USAID managers and implementing partners plan, design, implement, and monitor strong and sustainable conservation efforts in line with Agency experience, policy, and guidance. A strong secondary purpose is to contribute USAID knowledge and experience to the global conservation community, particularly in designing projects with robust learning components and in integrating conservation and development objectives. It draws from the USAID, partner, and global knowledge base of principles, approaches, resources, best practices, and case examples.
File Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC) Briefing and Orientation Report by Adam Welti — last modified Feb 14, 2013 02:53 AM
The objective of this report is to succinctly present, and examine the organization, activities, and cooperating partners of the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), to increase understanding within the US government (USG) and partners, to better orient and design engagement and partnership with COMIFAC in future activities.
File Shifting Cultivation, Gender, and REDD+ in Cameroon and The Democratic Republic Of Congo: Annexes by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2016 06:38 PM
REDD+--Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks--is a major global initiative that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving rural livelihoods and governance. The USAID-funded Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) project supported learning, capacity building and best practices in REDD+ from 2010-2015. Early on in the project,FCMC identified gender and food security as being central to the outcomes of REDD+, especially in the humid forest context. These connections are important because of the centrality of shifting cultivation ("slash and burn") as a farming system and the critical role of women in those systems. Shifting cultivation was given as a key driver of deforestation in many countries' REDD+ analyses, including Democratic Republic of Congo and Cameroon. As such FCMC sought to determine how REDD+ initiatives were dealing with shifting cultivation and how efforts did and could impact food security and women's labor burden, among other questions. This Annex to the report on Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ details field level observations and interviews at 28 localities on 8 REDD+ and related projects in DRC and Cameroon. These field studies provide a wealth of insight into initial project designs and working relations among actors as well as implications for reducing deforestation, food security and gender equality and women's empowerment.
File USAID Biodiversity Policy by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jul 11, 2014 06:09 PM
USAID’s new Biodiversity Policy builds on our Agency’s long history of conserving a global biological heritage for future generations and reflects our recognition of the essential role that healthy natural systems play in advancing resilient societies and ending extreme poverty. This Policy provides a blueprint for how we will work to achieve our vision of conserving biodiversity for sustainable long-term development.
File MRV_Manual.pdf by Joseph Badash — last modified Apr 20, 2015 12:39 PM
File Multiple forest use through commercial sport hunting: Lessons from a community-based model from the Petén, Guatemala by Michael Colby — last modified Oct 07, 2013 03:51 PM
The “Proyecto Pavo” is a project dedicated to the conservation of the Ocellated Turkey (Meleagris ocellata) through sustainable use of the species in multiple-use, community-managed forest concessions of the Maya Biosphere Reserve in Petén, Guatemala. Since 2000, the project has conducted selective turkey harvests, performed related research, and promoted the conservation benefits of managed sport hunting for this species. Field activities of the project feature providing high-quality Ocellated Turkey hunts to sport hunter clients. Participating concessions benefit directly from harvest revenues of a resource that was not previously exploited commercially and indirectly from affiliated project activities. The project began operations in a single concession on an experimental basis and evolved into a commercial enterprise operating in multiple concession units. The project has overcome numerous development and operational challenges, including compatibility issues with timber and NTFP extraction. Under proper circumstances, carefully designed sport hunting programs can offer profitable and sustainable forest product diversification alternatives that are highly compatible with tropical multiple-use management and forest conservation objectives. [This peer-reviewed journal of Forest Ecology and Management paper provides a 2011 update on the 2008 TransLinks paper on the same topic.]
File Evaluating the effectiveness of community-based conservation in northern Kenya by Jon Anderson — last modified Apr 07, 2013 07:57 PM
A very useful analysis of rigorous reseach done in three conservancies (with three "controls") on environmental and livelihood impacts of the approach.
File The Power of Local Action: Lessons from 10 years of the Equator Prize by Jon Anderson — last modified Feb 20, 2013 12:56 AM
Reveiw of the cases of the Equator prize and the sythesis of lessons learned.
File Gender-based violence and environment linkages: The violence of inequality by Gateway Web Editor — last modified Jan 30, 2020 11:51 AM
Rooted in discriminatory gender norms and laws and shrouded in impunity, gender-based violence (GBV) occurs in all societies as a means of control, subjugation and exploitation that further reinforces gender inequality. This publication establishes that these patterns of gender-based abuse are observed across environmental contexts, affecting the security and well-being of nations, communities and individuals, and jeopardising meeting sustainable development goals (SDGs). While linkages between GBV and environmental issues are complex and multi-layered, these threats to human rights and healthy ecosystems are not insurmountable. This analysis reveals the complex and interlinking nature of GBV across three main contexts: access to and control of natural resources; environmental pressure and threats; and environmental action to defend and conserve ecosystems and resources. This publication aims to raise awareness and engage actors working in environmental and sustainable development, gender equality, and GBV policymaking and programming spheres to inform rights-based, gender-responsive approaches to environmental policy, programmes and projects.
File NATURE, WEALTH, & POWER 2.0: Leveraging Natural and Social Capital for Resilient Development (2013) by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 23, 2016 08:51 PM
This volume is a sequel to the original Nature, Wealth, & Power framework paper (NWP1), produced in 2002. That document, although focused on rural Africa, was found useful by a variety of development practitioners around the world, and elicited significant interest from different disciplines and regions from both practical and theoretical perspectives. The world context has changed since 2002, and development theory and practice have also evolved. Therefore, in 2012, USAID initiated an assessment and updating of the NWP framework. This second framework paper (NWP2) is targeted at practitioners involved in the design, implementation, and evaluation of natural resource–based rural development activities around the world, trying to make them more equitable, efficient, and effective. We also hope it will be useful to policy makers who are designing policies, laws, and administrative instruments to spur rural development. It does not claim to be a sure-fire recipe for success, but is an updated framework compiled from and consisting of best practices. Featured January, 2014.
File Payments for Water Services in Sao Paulo by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:52 AM
Presentation given at the private side of the Katoomba meeting XIV Brazil entitled: “Avoiding Deforestation in the Amazon: REDD & PES Markets” which was held April 3-4, 2009 in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
File Report on 2009 Katoomba XV Ghana Meeting Proceedings by Portal Web Editor — last modified Jan 10, 2013 11:52 AM
Report of Katoomba Meeting XV Integrated Solutions: Water, Biodiversity and Terrestrial Carbon in West Africa, 6-10 October 2009, Ghana
File Colombia REDD+ Finance and Markets Assessment by Leslie Durschinger; Chris Fowle — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:46 AM
In Colombia, there is a strong commitment at both the national and local levels to develop REDD+ activities. This report assesses and provides advice on Colombia’s preparedness for attracting private finance and participation in pay-for-performance and market-based mechanisms for REDD+. The report is also available in Spanish.
File Integrated REDD+ Assessment of Peru: Executive Summary by Marc Steininger — last modified May 19, 2015 05:27 PM
In August 2011, a team of experts conducted an integrated assessment of REDD+ Readiness in Peru, evaluating the country’s infrastructure and policies surrounding SES, Finance and MRV issues. This document provides a summary of the assessment’s findings, including recommendations for USAID involvement in the REDD+ preparation process.
File Report Brief: REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review by Catherine Mackenzie — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:14 AM
This briefing document summarizes the review of social and environmental safeguards and standards systems detailed in the full FCMC report. It assesses the REDD safeguards and standards applied by major bilateral, multilateral and NGO REDD+ initiatives.
File REDD+ Social Safeguards and Standards Review by Catherine Mackenzie — last modified Sep 28, 2015 11:43 AM
The FCMC Safeguards Review was prepared to assist implementers and policymakers understand and compare different approaches to social safeguards and standards for REDD+. The paper reviews safeguards and standard systems of multilateral and bilateral approaches, as well as nongovernmental and other REDD+ initiatives against criteria for how these safeguards and standards address different social issues pertinent to REDD+. It includes a helpful summary of key findings and recommendations.
File Workshop Report: Shifting Cultivation, Gender and REDD+ in West and Central Africa by Forest Carbon, Markets and Communities (FCMC) Program — last modified Apr 23, 2015 10:19 AM
In July 2012, FCMC hosted a workshop in Washington, DC to act as the starting point for its study on Shifting Cultivation, Deforestation, Gender and REDD+. The workshop discussed ongoing work with shifting cultivation in West and Central Africa, primarily through the involvement of the Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) and the Sustainable and Thriving Environments for West African Regional Development (STEWARD) Program.
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